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Old 09-06-2003, 03:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Loud clicking solenoid-No start

Hey guys, I'm having some serious problems with my car. When I turn the ignition key on to crank the engine, I get a very loud clicking sound from the starter solenoid on the firewall. I replaced the solenoid, but get the same response out of this one. The starter does not engage, but all the lights work. I am getting power to the solenoid, but when I took the lead that goes to the starter and touched it to the "hot" lead from the battery, it just sparked and did not engage the starter. (should it have?)

I have an MSD 6al box wired in, and the "I" spot on the small post of the solenoid has a red wire from the ignition box to it. It used to also connect to the fuel pump, but I disconnected it for other reasons in the past. Could this even be related?

Any troubleshooting tips would be GREATLY appreciated, and I know alot of you can handle a simple electrical problem from this 'ol beast.


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Old 09-06-2003, 04:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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check your battery
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Old 09-06-2003, 04:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I forgot to add, I thought that was it as the first thing, but when I did a voltage reading I was getting 12.XX. I know that when the battery was low in the past, I would get the same type of clicking sound...

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Old 09-06-2003, 07:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Check your negative battery wire and really make sure it is grounded good. Use some sandpaper etc on the surfaces of the engine block.
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Old 09-06-2003, 09:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Sounds like your starter is shot, I,ve had em just go out when they seemed to be working fine one time and gone the next. Have you tried lightly tapping the starter with a hammer? Or try loosening it and see if you hear anything move,Real pain in the butt when they act up
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Old 09-06-2003, 10:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Sounds like the starter might be history but your battery should be showing around 13 volts in a good fully charged state.
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Old 09-06-2003, 11:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help guys, I'm going outside to check this right now. First, the battery cable, then the starter.

Should the solenoid be clicking like that?
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Old 09-06-2003, 10:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Like the others said, bad battery connections or bad starter. It could very easily be a dead cell in the battery, not supplying sufficient amperage to turn the starter. I just had the same thing recently.
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Old 09-06-2003, 11:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Check the + wire to the starter had the same thing happen to me. Make sure you have good HEAVY gauge wires from your batt. to your starter and solenoid.

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Old 09-07-2003, 01:39 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I had a nearly identical prob on my 85 GT. The solenoid would click but the starter wouldn't turn over. It turned out the weld on the bendix on the starter broke and was then stuck to the magnet. This kept the starter from even spinning. Check to see if you're getting power to the starter end of the cable, if you are then the starter is junk.
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Old 09-07-2003, 02:03 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I second the battery cable, if there is a bunch of rust all over the connection, it will do that. mine did the same thing, when i bought a new one, the problem was solved, I bought a real thick cable
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:42 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I had a similar problem on a 93 F250. We checked the volts and had plenty so we changed the starter and it still didn't work. Then we checked the amps. Nuthin'. It turned out to be a corroded positive cable.
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Old 09-07-2003, 04:44 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks for all your responses everyone! Looks like all of you guessing there is something fishy with the battery were right!

Tims66, you hit the nail on the head from what I can tell..

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On 2003-09-06 22:35, tims66 wrote:
Like the others said, bad battery connections or bad starter. It could very easily be a dead cell in the battery, not supplying sufficient amperage to turn the starter. I just had the same thing recently.
My voltage is showing to be just fine, but it doesn't seem to be getting the amps there. Also, my battery is in the trunk, so it is requiring that much more to get the starter to kick over. I took my starter to Autozone and it tested fine. I grabbed the battery out of my F350 and stuck it in, then the starter engaged and clicked hard, but wouldn't crank...I'm going to get another battery with alot of cold cranking amps, and am seriously considering relocating my battery to the front again. I'll keep everyone posted to what happens!
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